Bridges Academy is a long-standing Seneca school partnership and we’re honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with them. In this uniquely challenging school year, we’ve continued to focus our collective efforts to best serve the community’s students and families in a holistic way. We’ve also partnered more intentionally this year around supporting teacher wellness, connection, resiliency, and joy.
Obviously, maintaining satisfying connection with colleagues has been particularly difficult during this ongoing pandemic. The Bridges Wellness Committee coordinates many virtual events that allow staff to build and deepen their supportive relationships as a professional community. In a recent professional development session collaboratively designed and delivered by Seneca and Bridges leadership, we focused on Cultivating Resilience and Self-Care. During the training, staff had time to share with each other practices they were utilizing (or wanting to increase) in order to maintain as much vitality and joy as possible in this difficult time. The training culminated with a lengthy Appreciations session, where staff had the time and space to reflect on the positive impacts their colleagues had on students, families, and each other.
Dr. Bettina Love delivered a powerful keynote address, Q&A session, and call to action in December, sharing practices and resources from her Abolitionist Teaching Network. During that training, Seneca Clinician Jesse Wiltey shared a link to Melanated Social Work, a collective that he co-founded with three colleagues. Since learning about the collective, I’ve deeply appreciated their inspiring and illuminating Instagram posts and podcasts. I recommend everyone checks out their resources, follows, and supports their work.
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